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The Creator

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« on: September 02, 2008, 06:45:55 pm »

Current Status: Bill passed (May 29, 2008)
Classification: Schedule I
Bill Reference: HB1363
Contact State Representatives:
   - House of Representatives
   - Senate
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In March 2008 it was reported that Florida state Representative Mary Brandenburg has proposed a bill to make possession of Salvia divinorum a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The House bill number is HB1363. It proposes including Salvia divinorum & Salvinorin A on Florida's Schedule I list of controlled substances. SB1612 was also proposed.

On April 16, 2008, HB1363 passed the House, and advanced to the Senate floor. On April 23, 2008, the bill unanimously passed the Senate by a vote of 39-0. Having passed both House and Senate, the bill was signed into law on May 29, 2008 becoming effective July 1, 2008.

Take Action
Send letters to state representatives

Attend public hearing
This is the most effective way to take action against a ban. If you know about an upcoming date for a hearing please post it and it will be added here. You can search the state web sites to look for public hearing dates.
*Please post any public hearing dates you know of

Suggested key points:
  • Salvia is not a problem: No emergency room admittances, no drug counseling or addiction services admittances, no salvia related crime being reported by LEO, no superintendents speaking out against it. No deaths, and poison control rates it as a very low priority. Salvia has been around for a couple decades, or at least as long as the current meth plague--if salvia was going to be a widespread problem, it would have been by now.
  • Medicinal and/or scientific potential
  • Salvia is NOT a recreational substance and cannot be grouped with LSD, mushrooms, ecstasy, marijuana, etc. (ex: not addictive, short-acting, non-toxic, unappealing/unpleasant as a recreational substance)
  • Religious use. History dating back thousands of years of indigenous use and decades of contemporary spiritual use. Without apparent harm or addictive tendencies.
  • Arguments against rest almost exclusively on hearsay: unsubstantiated internet videos (search on alcohol and compare the number of videos), and the marketing claims of unscrupulous sellers.
  • Suggest age restriction instead of an outright ban (give examples of this being done in Maine and California)
*Please suggest other tips/links

Public hearing tips:
  • Good resource:
  • Do research in your own state. Go the your state DEA or Office of Substance Abuse website and dig around a bit. Find out how much it costs to arrest, prosecute, and jail per person for drugs crimes and include that figure in your arguments against a ban. The ME financial report associated with a ban indicated minimal fiscal impact, but using their own reported figures, it turns out that it costs near $60,000 for each successful drug crime prosecution.
*Please suggest other tips/links

Discourage irresponsible sale
Visit your local smoke shops or send them letters to encourage them not to sell Salvia divinorum to minors and include safety information about using Salvia divinorum. You can print out a User Guide (or part of it) to give to them.

Spread the word: Send this page to a friend

*Please post a reply if you have any additions or updates for this page.
*Please post about any action you are taking in this state.
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Tribal Elder

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...Because cultivation is the key to preservation!

« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009, 02:50:40 pm »

I really hope Hawaii (HI) and Florida (FL) keep Salvia divinorum legal!!!
We need our tropical propagation states for cuttings, seeds and leafs!

"We are the one's we have been waiting for" - Hopi Proverb
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009, 07:21:43 pm »

Hey - maybe send a letter to Hawaii.  Sorry to point it out, but Florida banned Salvia last year (see above post)
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